The Latest In Progress
Laureth Peak is the 16 year-old blind daughter of a writer who has left behind the funny books he wrote to delve into his passion: numbers and patterns. He is having trouble getting this writing project off the ground and his family suffers for it as he becomes somewhat obsessed about the history of patterns and numbers. Laureth tends to his website and receives an email from a young man in Brooklyn, NY who has found her father's writer's notebook. But wasn't Dad supposed to be in Europe somewhere? With Mum away visiting her sister, Laureth leaves London for NY in hopes of retrieving the notebook and finding her father whom she fears has gone way off the deep end. She takes her 7 year-old brother as her "guide" and they are soon in NY. The plot sounds crazy but in the hands of Sedgwick it is entirely believable. It incorporates the patterns and numbers that are obsessing Dad and Laureth tries hard to puzzle it all out. It is so cleverly plotted that is was a joy to read. Sedgwick keeps up the suspense until the very end when he divulges a pattern of his own to the reader. Laureth is a well drawn character who surpasses even her own expectations of her abilities as she negotiates her way through the puzzle clues her father has left behind. Blindness does not make you invisible. This was an amazing read. Ten to Fourteen. Joan Kindig
A promise is a promise - at least that's what our protagonist tells us. Mom has promised her a pet if she can find one that doesn't need to be fed, walked, or bathed. Ah, a sloth fits the bill! Soon a sloth comes in the mail and he's a very typical sloth who needs almost nothing from her. The little girl tries to adjust to his lifestyle (sleeping all day, rarely moving, etc.) but a sloth is a sloth and she is left to accept him and love him as he is. This book has such subtle humor, it had me chuckling throughout. The illustrations resemble Jon Klassen's work in its simplicity which fits the text perfectly. Up to Seven. Joan Kindig
Examples of Haiku and the lesser known Lantern poetry with definitions as well. Subjects are from everyday life, the illustrations reflect that common place sense. They are colorful, simple and lively, matching the poetry well. Up to Seven. (This title will appear on the May agenda.)
The little known story of an African American woman, ill used by her mistress who is influenced by the words of her master and other Founding Fathers as to the rights of freedom for every man and contacts a lawyer to fight for her rights. She wins. The folk like illustrations never lost their focus, on Mumbet, often at work but always alert to the possibilities she seizes. Seven to Ten.
A civil rights story that relates the effort of Sylvia Mendez' father to desegregate the school system that denies his children their right to attend their neighborhood school. The art is as powerful as the story, large faces in profile, warm earth tones, there is a classic element that holds your attention and adds universality. Seven to Ten. (This title will appear on the May agenda.)
Nathan's future is unknown since his mother is a white witch and his father is the most notorious black witch. He is caught between the Resolutions of the Council of White Witches, his desire to know his father, and a budding romance with a girl from a pure white witch family. Readers are immediately drawn into Nathan's tangled life when they are thrown into the middle of the action in the first few chapters. While ultimately a fantasy, the main character will resonate with real-life teens. Fourteen and Up. Julie Dietzel-Glair
Brimsby is a hat maker who lives and works in a lovely cottage. Each day his friend comes by to help with the millinery and provide company, until the sea calls him away. Left alone, Brimsby must find new companionship and purpose. Adorable digital illustrations add heft to the familiar (though well-told) story of losing a friend and making new ones. Up to Seven. Todd Krueger